It has been a while now hasn't it.... The only reason for that it that web use is so expensive over here that I can't afford to update this blog!
I am now in Toronto where it is $3 per hour so I am happy!
Firstly, Viva Las Vegas!!
I stayed at the Sahara Casino and Hotel on the Strip and had an entire room to myself!! It was sooo good to have my own space and my own bathroom for those 4 days.
Vegas is a wonderful place, totally in the middle of the desert, and is a lot bigger than I had expected. I was expecting the main strip and then maybe two or three other main roads, but it turns out that a lot of people actually want to live in Vegas which means that it is a lot bigger than you think! Probably about the same size as Birmingham including all the suburbs.
I gambled on Blackjack and slot machines and spent $100 in the 4 days, courtesy of my parents!! I won some back but lost track in the end!!
On day 3 in Vegas I took a day trip to the Grand Canyon. It is one of the most incredible places I have ever been to. (I probably won't go anywhere as amazing ever again) I managed to get a seat at the front of the bus so that when we pulled into the carpark I didn't hang around for anyone and got to enjoy the Canyon on my own for a good 15 minures before all of the fat Yanks turned up. I then walked the 3 mile trail to the village and met an Australian girl, Vanessa who was also on a RTW trip, it turned out she was on my bus way at the back, so we became buddies and enjoyed the scenery together.
The bus travelled over the Hoover Dam going to and from the GC. The bus has to be searched when you go over the Dam as they fear that someone will try to blow it up and flood Vegas.
Also, something we struck me as funny on the flight from Auckland to LAX was that it is illegal for passengers to congregate in the isles or by the bathrooms on the plane - strange or what?!
Next I flew to DC from Vegas with a stop in Cincinnati where the temperature was around -1.... this was my warning for just how cold DC was going to be.
DC was around -5 in the wind and around 2 out of the wind. It was the coldest place that I have ever been to. I had to buy a hat as soon as I arrived to keep me a little warm and I am still only halfway through knitting my scarf so I was a little chilly round the neck due to hacking all my hair off!!
The White House is nowhere near as impressive in real life but the US Capitol and the Washington Memorial are very impressive. There were tons of free museums on the Mall, I went in the Natural History and the Air & Space with a guy from the hostel, Paul who I had mety the night before. We had so many similar intrests including the Titanic and anything to do with flight; it made it great fun to spend the day together!
Yesterdya afternoon I left DC bound for Canada. I tried to change my bus ticket to Philadelphia but I wasn't allowed so I am here now!! I arrived at 7.30am after a very long bus trip. Toronto is not as cold as DC, probably because it is not on the coast, but it seems nice so far. I did some Christmas shopping today (Dad, I got you the best prez ever today!!) and have chilled out. I will do all the touristy things tomorrow (Monday) with a trip to Niagara Falls on Tuesday. I am going to the Greyhound station now to book a bus ticket to Boston for Wednesday as I am not keen at all on staying in Ottawa or Montreal as the prices are sky high as are the bus tickets. It's cheaper to shop here but not travel. I will then spend a few days in Boston, then go down to Philadelphia then either back to New York for Christmas or maybe down to Miami for Christmas then back to New York for New Year - who knows....